A Pyramid Box (Blog Cross-over)

wpid-2015-11-05-20.35.40-1.jpg.jpegOne of the things I love about the techniques I shared in Fanciful Utility is that they can be used for so many projects. This time of year, FanU is great for fun, festive projects. For the next few weeks, I am going to share some of the ways FanU gets Festive.

wpid-2015-11-05-20.35.01-1.jpg.jpegThis Pyramid Box is an extra special kind of box. It can be made to open on one side. Or, it can be made to fully open to lay flat revealing the gift inside.  I envision this box holding a single small, special item such as an ornament, a figurine, or an extra special piece of jewelry. This box could also be made to hang from the tree.

wpid-2015-11-05-20.35.14-1.jpg.jpegMy examples are made from a single, festive cotton fabric. You could make yours from one fabric, alternating fabrics, or with a different fabric on each side.

Make your box, or boxes, up using one fabric, alternating fabrics or a patchwork of fabrics. You can use Christmas fabrics for a festive holiday look, favorite prints to personalize the box, homespuns for a folk look, modern batikis for a flurry of color…. there are so many options.

Pyramid Box Template

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Button Keep Ornament (Blog Cross-over)

wpid-2013-11-07-16.30.03-1.jpgOne of the thing I love about the techniques I shared in Fanciful Utility is that they can be used for so many projects. This time of year, FanU is great for fun, festive projects. For the next few weeks, I am going to share some of the ways FanU gets Festive.

Here is a favorite from a couple years ago that I would be remise if I didn’t share it again. The Button Keep Ornament Ornament. This colorful decoration was originally known as a “Balloon Bag” in A Girls Own Book, in 1833. Then it was used to hold buttons, a ball of string or possibly a thimble

As an ornament, this pretty combination can many gifty surprises…. candy…. jewelry ….small toys ….keys ….. tiny figurines…..

Make your keep up as simply or as fancy as you like. (It does work best with light weight fabrics with a strong weave.)

Keep Ornament

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A Gift Box (blog cross-over)

wpid-2015-11-05-20.34.15-1.jpg.jpegOne of the thing I love about the techniques I shared in Fanciful Utility is that they can be used for so many projects. This time of year, FanU is great for fun, festive projects. For the next few weeks, I am going to share some of the ways FanU gets Festive.

wpid-2015-11-05-20.33.08.jpg.jpegThis Gift Box is a variation on the popular French sewing case I make. It uses the basic box making techniques from Fanciful Utility. This size box is nice for holding  many special gifts – hair comb, a necklace, an ornament, 9 tasty truffles, a small portrait and many more.

wpid-2015-11-05-20.33.37-1.jpg.jpegMake your box, or boxes, up using one fabric, alternating fabrics or a patchwork of fabrics. You can use Christmas fabrics for a festive holiday look, favorite prints to personalize the box, homespuns for a folk look, modern batikis for a flurry of color…. there are so many options.

Gift Box Template

Need a copy of Fanciful Utility ? for yourself or to give as a gift? Visit www.thesewingacademy.com to order today.